I am Shaylene Saville a born again Christian, wife, mom and Counselling Psychologist.
I was raised in Pretoria but did my undergraduate degree at the University of Stellenbosch. After my undergrad I spent an extra year at Stellenbosch studying Industrial Psychology modules. I continued my studies at the University of Pretoria where I completed my Honours degree in Psychology (cum laude) and Masters degree in Counselling Psychology (cum laude). I was very fortunate to have been awarded golden key membership at TUKs.
The next step in my career was a move to Durban where I did a one year internship at the SAPS. While with the police I gained a lot of experience in working with trauma. Trauma is something I continue to work with. During my Masters I was trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), systemic and community intervention and narrative therapy. I work largely from a narrative therapy framework and I continue to learn more about this therapeutic technique by attending monthly peer supervision groups. I am also a member of the Durban Practicing Psychologists Group (DPPG) and I attend their monthly meetings regularly.
I enjoy working with couples. My Masters thesis was titled Exploring Narratives Of Women Who Survive Intimate Partner Violence And The Process Of Their Moving On To Non-Abusive Relationships. This study looked at recognizing and harnessing the strengths of women in abusive intimate relationships and building on them to empower the women to moving forward from those relationships. I have attended couple’s training and this is an area of interest for me which I will continue to develop my knowledge and competency in.
As a young adult I connect well with teenagers and children. I enjoy working with children from the age of 5 and up. I have attended play therapy and teddy bear therapy workshops and I intend to continue building on my knowledge and further developing my competency in working with children and adolescents.